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bushwhack

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verb bush·whack \ˈbu̇sh-ˌhwak, -ˌwak\

Simple Definition of bushwhack

  • : to clear a path through thick woods by cutting down bushes and low tree branches

  • : to attack (someone) suddenly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bushwhack

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  ambush; broadly :  to attack suddenly :  assault

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to clear a path through thick woods especially by chopping down bushes and low branches

bushwhacker

noun

Examples of bushwhack in a sentence

  1. The group bushwhacked through the jungle.

  2. They used the controversy as an opportunity to bushwhack their political opponents.



Origin and Etymology of bushwhack

back-formation from bushwhacker


First Known Use: 1866


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